Let's Get Smart and Protect Our Pollinators!
Why do pollinators need protection?
Eighty-five percent of all flowering plants, including trees and other native plants, depend upon pollination for their survival. And those hardworking bees (many native bees, as well as honey bees) and other insects provide us with one out of every three bites of food: fruit, berries, squash, herbs, medicine, even coffee and chocolate, to name a few.
Yes, there is a real pollinator crisis. Continual human development is creating a fragmented landscape with too few native plants and natural habitat, increasing the use of chemical and systemic pesticides, facilitating the increasing spread of invasive plants and species, which is all compounded by climate change in the long term and extreme weather in the short term.
The beautiful Rogue Valley has a thriving agriculture and a diverse and beautiful landscape. Pollinators are crucial for our
ecosystems and food systems because they pollinate our native trees and shrubs and the many food crops we eat every day, all while providing food for birds and other wildlife. Because of the extensive work of Dr. Doug Tallamy, we now know that it takes at least 7,500 caterpillars - or more - to raise just one clutch of chickadees!
Thankfully, people recognize the need to protect our pollinators and are planting pollinator gardens, landscapes, and avoiding toxic herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides.
Its easy to help our pollinators.
Like every creature, pollinators need habitat, food and water.
Plant plants - preferably native and drought tolerant - to keep your yard blooming all year long.
Stop using chemical pesticides.
Maintain a water source - just a shallow dish with small stones will do.
Enjoy some less-tended areas in your yard - so the pollinators have a home all year long.
Visit a local nursery and ask for native, neonic-free, pollinator-friendly plants. Three of our favorites: